and grasp the front cinch, fastening it snugly while keeping the latigo from dragging on the ground.
NEVER TIGHTEN THE BACK CINCH FIRST! Cinch slowly to prevent your horse from developing saddling problems.
As the horse settles, tighten the cinch several times until it is snug but not over-tightened. Then fasten the back cinch (if the saddle is so rigged). 9.
Untie or un-hobble your horse. 10.
Step the horse a few feet forward to relax him, then make the final adjustments to the front latigo.
Be sure the cinch is tight enough that the saddle will not slip while you are mounting.
Remove the stirrup from the saddle horn. BRIDLING YOUR HORSE 1.
The horse may be tied or untied at the discretion of the 4-H’er. 2.
Slip the halter off the horse’s head and leave it fastened around his neck until the bridle is on.
If closed reins are used, slip the reins over the horse’s head before removing the halter OR fastening the halter around the horse’s neck.
Either one is acceptable when using closed reins. 3.
With the crown piece of the bridle in the right hand, place it up between the horse’s ears, keeping the right arm at the neck, back of the head.
Hold the bit with your left hand and open the horse’s mouth with the thumb by pressing down on the mouth.
Adjust the bit in the mouth with the left hand, being careful not to bump the bit against the teeth.
Slip the crown piece of the headstall or split-ear
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